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Financial Times 13,573 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 30th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 20 December 2010
Crux delighted us with this selection which included some creative and amusing cryptic definitions. There are also a few devices which I have not seen before. Good stuff !

ACROSS
1 PUSHOVER dd
5 SPATES SPA (spring) + rev of SET
9 REINDEER Very creative cd for one of Santa’s team
10 PLAICE Ins of I (Crux, the setter) in PLACE (position)
12 DRAKE D (duke) RAKE (playboy) Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral (1540–1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, a renowned pirate, and a politician of the Elizabethan era.
13 NANNY GOAT Another lovely cd
14 AS WELL A SWELL (balloon)
16 HANDOUT Putting out one’s hand is a friendly gesture
18 ANARCHY Ins of ARCH (bend) in ANY for a complete absence of law or government; a harmonious condition of society in which government is abolished as unnecessary; utter lawlessness; chaos; complete
20 LEADER LEANDER minus N, the middle letter
22 AIR POCKET cd
23 AGREE A GREEN (colour) minus N
24  ICARUS ha
25 VERTICAL *(ARTICLE V)
26 ELEVEN In the word MEXICO is XI which is 11 in Roman numerals
27 LYNCH LAW In a state of anarchy, it is reasonable to expect many to be executed by hanging (suffer suspension) Another delightful cd

DOWN
1 PARADE PARADISE (answer to 17) minus IS
2 SPIRAL STAIRCASE Lovely cd
3 OLDIE ha
4 ETERNAL cd for an eternal triangle, a sexual relationship, full of tension and conflict, involving three people, usually a married couple and a third party.
6 POLLYANNA *(ONLY A PLAN) Pollyanna is a best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter that is now considered a classic of children’s literature, with the title character’s name becoming a popular term for someone with the same optimistic outlook
7 TRIGONOMETRICAL *(MOTORING ARTICLE)
8 SPECTATE *(PETE’S ACT)
11 INCH FINCH (bird) minus F
15 ENCLOSURE *(RULES ONCE)
17 PARADISE PARA (paratrooper or soldier) + *(DIES)
19 YOKE Ins of OK (fine) in YE (olden form of the definite article)
20 LITHELY Ins of THE in LILY (flower girl) lithe is supple; thus lithely is supply :-)
21 MELLOW FELLOW (male) with M (male) substituted for F (female)
Very clever clue that raised a smile from me :-)
23 ATTIC A TT (teetotal or dry) I (one) C (cold)

Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,573 – Crux”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, this was very good. Thanks for the puzzle, Crux, and Uncle Yap for the blog. My favourite clue was 25A (VERTICAL). If memory serves, 6D (POLLYANNA) was also a film starring Hayley Mills (based on the book, I guess). Liked LYNCH LAW a lot too.

  2. Tokyo Colin says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap for the informative and entertaining blog of an excellent puzzle. Many well-constructed clues here, esp. for someone who enjoys CDs. I think my favourite was 2dn, and the toughest and last in was 20dn. Very well hidden.

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